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Technological

It is possible to give equipment that, while generous, is technologically inappropriate if, for example, it is of a sophistication that is unsuitable for use in the recipient's environment, or requiring technical support that is unavailable at the local level.

Cross-referential Issues

The standards we are developing are both specific and cross-referential, the latter relating, in part or full, to the various sections listed under the Product, Services and Management headings.

Cultural

When goods sent are culturally inappropriate, it is possible to deepen the pain of those already struggling against hardship. Sensitivity is critical.

Climatic

Climate affects aid choices at levels that are both more and less obvious. Equipment, foodstuffs and textiles are among issues where vulnerability may be an concern.

Ecological

The ecological balance of an environment is delicate and can be disturbed with the donation of inappropriate fauna, seed, etc. It can also be damaged through inappropriate disposal of equipment, such as computers, with toxic parts.

Combating Corruption

Corruption can prove problematic at every point in the aid distribution process, from arrival at port to local distribution.

Customs & Excise

Sometimes aid is sent without due care being given to customs and excise. This can result in border delays, demurrage fees and break of trust. Quality aid presupposes quality preparation.

Cargo / Transportation

Cargo handling can be an issue in aid quality. If goods are packed inappropriately for the recipients’ needs, the consignment can prove labour intensive for the distributors whose normal programmes may be affected accordingly.

Shipment Follow-up

After a consignee receives the shipment, follow-up, both short term and long term, is critical to ensure adequate accountability.

1. Product

Right product, rightly placed with right outcomes is the very essence of this industry. This section has entries of two kinds. Where existing standards are of relevance to product, appropriate sections are excerpted (e.g. WHO, Sphere). Where we have found little by way of existing standards for...

1.1 Food or beverages

Global Hand recommends The Sphere Project's Minimum Standards (these specify the minimum levels to be attained in each area), where applicable to food and beverages. This document examines the relevant Sphere Project Standards.

1.2 Drugs and pharmaceuticals

Global Hand recommends the WHO Guidelines for Drug Donations as summarised here. By describing "good donation practice", these guidelines aim to improve the quality of drug donations.

1.3 Medical equipment, products & supplies

Global Hand recommends the WHO Guidelines for Drug Donations as summarised here. By describing "good donation practice", these guidelines aim to improve the quality of drug donations.

1.4 Clothing or footwear or accessories or fabric

Global Hand recommends The Sphere Project's Minimum Standards, where applicable to clothing. "The people affected by the disaster have sufficient blankets and clothing to provide protection from the climate and to ensure their dignity, safety and well-being."

1.5 Household goods

Global Hand recommends The Sphere Project's Minimum Standards, where applicable to household goods. "Families have access to household utensils, soap for personal hygiene and tools for their dignity and well-being."

1.6 Furniture

Our research has not uncovered enough material for us to prepare draft standards on this topic.

1.7 Computer equipment

Our research has not uncovered enough material for us to prepare draft standards on this topic.

1.8 Electrical products

Our research has not uncovered enough material for us to prepare draft standards on this topic.

1.9 Toys or music or sport

Our research has not uncovered enough material for us to prepare draft standards on this topic.